I was born and raised in Nashville, TN which obviously means I was born with a love for country music! The first job I ever considered was being an All-Star point guard for the Orlando Magic. That dream faded quickly. Like the 8th grade when I stopped growing. My mother casually mentioned that broadcasters got front row seats and were able to talk to the players after the game. I had my way in!
I started college at Western Kentucky University. I missed SEC football WAY too much, however, and transferred to the University of Alabama on a whim. It turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. During my time at the Capstone I joined Sigma Pi and made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. As my junior year wore down it dawned on me: “Hey! I’m about to graduate! I need to figure out this television deal.” So, I made another decision that would change my life forever. I interned at WIAT 42.
While I was an intern, I learned the basics of the biz; editing, writing, shooting video, etc. Upon graduation I was hired as a tape editor, and by Christmas of 2010 I was a full-time reporter. I’ve seen a lot of amazing and heart-breaking things during my time here at WIAT 42. April 27th, 2011 will be a day I never forget, but it also made me proud to call myself an Alabamian. The people who overcame that tragedy are true inspirations, and telling their stories was an honor.
For my work in 2011 I was honored with the AP Best Reporter Award and two Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards. However, the real joy I get is from helping people out. If a story I do impacts ONE person’s life positively, then I have done my job. The coolest moment I’ve had at 42 was covering the Crimson Tide’s national championship win over Notre Dame in Miami. In my free time I like to work out (although, you wouldn’t know it by looking at me!) and watch any sport. Follow me on twitter (@Chris_Womack) and if you have a story idea, please drop me an e-mail!